FLORIDA – GEORGIA GAME

Posted on 07 November 2010 by The Florida Star Online

On October 30, 2010 in  Jacksonville FL at the annual Florida  Gator/Georgia Bulldogs Fall Classic,  also known as the World’s Largest  Cocktail party, the Gators nipped the  Bulldogs to win in the first overtime  34-31. 

The first quarter of the game  was scoreless as both teams had  chances to score but the defensives  held strong coming away with interceptions  and creating fumbles. 

The Gators erupted in the 2nd  quarter with 3 touchdowns, courtesy  of Chris Rainey, Jeffrey Demps, and  Trey Burton. Georgia was able to  respond with a score from Bulldog  quarterback Aaron Morris to wide  receiver Tavarres King on a 63-yard  b o m b .  At the half, the Gators led 21-7. 

The sole score in the 3rd quarter  was a Bulldog 28-yard field goal  by Blair Walsh to inch the score at  the end of the quarter, Gators 21,  Bulldogs 10. 

In the 4th quarter, both teams  lit up the scoreboard with two Bulldog  touchdowns (Washaun Ealey 4-yard  scamper and 15-yard reception by  A.J. Green) and a 51-yard touchdown  run by Gator Trey Burton and  34-yard Gator field goal by Chas  Henry to knot the game up at the end  of regulation 31-31. 

In overtime, the Bulldogs got  the ball first, 1st down and 10 at the  Gator 25-yd line. The Gator defense  intercepted an Aaron Murphy pass to  stop that Georgia scoring attempt. 

The Gators took over 1st and  10 on the Georgia 25-yard line. After  several plays, the Gator offense  stalled and punter-turned-kicker  Chas Henry was called upon to  attempt a 37-yard field goal for the  Gator victory. With his teammates  support, he nailed the kick and  Gators won 34-31. 

This was the first overtime  game ever in the 95 year history of  this series. Florida head coach  Urban Meyers said, “This is the  biggest win we’ve had. We’ve had  some great wins around here and  maybe some people would say more  important. I’d probably argue that  one. This is the biggest one that I can  remember, and I’ve coached a long  time.” 

The win keeps the Gator SEC  Eastern Division title hunt and eliminates  the Bulldogs chances altogether.  Georgia came into the game with  a three game winning streak and  Florida a three game losing streak. 

The Gators (5-3, 3-3 SEC)  now will face Vanderbilt  Commodores (2-6, 1-4 SEC) on the  road on Saturday, November 6,  2010. The Commodores got  trounced by the Arkansas  Razorbacks 49-14. Expectations  would be the Gators will have no  problems winning this road game  after the emotional win over Georgia  this past weekend.

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